Kafka: A Biography

Kafka A Biography Although Franz Kafka completed only a small number of works in his lifetime perhaps no other author has had a greater influence on twentieth century consciousness This engrossing biography

  • Title: Kafka: A Biography
  • Author: NicholasMurray
  • ISBN: 9780300106312
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Although Franz Kafka 1883 1924 completed only a small number of works in his lifetime, perhaps no other author has had a greater influence on twentieth century consciousness This engrossing biography of the Czech novelist and short story writer emphasizes the cultural and historical contexts of his fiction and focuses for the first time on his complex relationship withAlthough Franz Kafka 1883 1924 completed only a small number of works in his lifetime, perhaps no other author has had a greater influence on twentieth century consciousness This engrossing biography of the Czech novelist and short story writer emphasizes the cultural and historical contexts of his fiction and focuses for the first time on his complex relationship with his father.Nicholas Murray paints a picture of Kafka s German speaking Jewish family and the Prague mercantile bourgeoisie to which they belonged He describes Kafka s demanding professional career, his ill health, and the constantly receding prospects of a marriage he craved He analyzes Kafka s poor relationship with his father, Hermann, which found its most eloquent expression in Kafka s story The Judgement, about a father who condemns his son to death by drowning And he asserts that the unsettling flavor of Kafka s books stories suffused with guilt and frustration derives from his sense of living in a mysteriously antagonistic world, of being a criminal without having knowingly committed a crime.Compelling and empathetic, this book sheds new light on a man of unique genius and on his enigmatic works.

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    1. Antes de leer este libro, no entendía mucho las historias y/o libros de Kafka, pero después de saber acerca de su vida, ahora los entiendo totalmente. Nicholas Murray fue muy claro al hablar de la vida de Kafka. Todo es mucho más fácil de entender ahora cuando leo sus libros. Si están buscando una buena biografía, este es el libro correcto. Habla de su vida como escritor, vida personal, amorosa, entre otros. También explica por qué escribe lo que escribe y, lo más importante, el por qu [...]

    2. Modern biography of Kafka, by a professional biographer rather than a friend. Lighter and more readable than Brod's, with more context because of the benefit of hindsight, eg lots of stuff about class/cultural divisions in Prague, Jewish life etc, that Brod took for granted. Focused very much on how his relationships with women (and his father) affected his life and work.See my Kafka-related bookshelf for other works by and about Kafka (/review/list/).

    3. An acceptable biography, certainly does not eclipse the bio of Reiner Stach, who gives me clear insight into how Kafka experienced the world and himself.

    4. I was about 40% through this one before I finally wore out on endless quotes from K's letters and analyses of his angst, deciding to skip those sections and just concentrate on the "outer" life, dealings with friends and publishers and so on. I ended up just flipping through page after page , occasionally stopping for a reference to a publisher or his health. So I didn't read quite half of the book as a whole. Maybe if it had been subtitled "A Psychoanalytic Life," I would have skipped the book [...]

    5. Story of Franz Kafka from birh through death. Appears unhappy in many aspects of his life much though that may be tinted by hthe biographer relying heavily on his letters to his twice engaged andnever married fiancee. Shows the development of his writing techniques and his relationship with his father and how that interplayed with each other. An entertaining read for those interested in Kafka's writings, but may be more interesting as a piece on period courting and dealing with terminal illness. [...]

    6. It's a very good biography on one of the greatest literary authors/novelists of the first half of the twentieth century, and probably the best of central Europe's literary product. It reads well and it flows, but it took me almost a year to come back to it and finish reading it. The book covers his relationships with women, his parents, his literary connections. It's not a feel good book, but it is interesting enough to want me to follow it up with reading of one Kafka's original works.

    7. I really enjoyed this concise biography, filled with quotes and anecdotes, that makes a life in which not much happens seem rather riveting. Also provides an intriguing background to read Kafka's fiction against.

    8. Rather stable biography of Kafka. As much of Kafka's life was recorded in the letters he wrote to others and were majorly saved, as well as the thick amount of diaries Kafka kept and were preserved after his death, biographer Nicholas Murray keeps his biography of Kafka majorly based solely on the factual, linear progression of these items maintained by Kafka himself, and investigating into the truthfulness of them (and depicting where there may be falsehood/difference) when appropriate.As far a [...]

    9. Kafkovo biografijo sem brala dva meseca in pol. Zelo mučno jo je namreč brati. Zaradi prepoznavanja sebe v Kafkovih tesnobah in odtujenosti od sveta. In zaradi njegovega trpljenja v malem mračnem svetu, ki si ga je ustvaril znotraj zidov svojega jaza. Vendar to je tudi razlog za vztrajnost pri branju. Trudiš se razumeti večnega dečka iskrivih oči in mu skozi branje njegove biografije ponuditi vsaj trohico razumevanja, ki ga ni bil deležen v svojem kratkem življenju.Pričakovala sem, da [...]

    10. This biography is very readable & paints a wonderful picture of an enigmatic and interesting writer and thinker. It made me want t re-read The Trail & The Castle.

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